Friday, November 30, 2018

November 30th, 2018 - Hookiebobb's Tū

Ahiahi pai!  The Meista here tonight pairing the brilliant debut album "Tu" by kickass New Zealand metal band Alien Weaponry and a Hookiebobb India Pale Ale from Crazy Mountain Brewing!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Alien Weaponry
  • Title: "Tū"
  • Recorded: 2016 through 2018
  • Release date: June 1st, 2018 (debut full-length studio album by Alien Weaponry)
  • Record company: Napalm Records
  • Production: Michael Cotterman, Robin de Jong, Kieran Gilsenan, Simon Gooding, Lokky Kamp, Tom Larkin, Troy Rawhiti-Forbes, Bradley Walker, and Slomp Whanau
  • Album cover art: Alien Weaponry (concept), Barny Bewick (design), and Hammerhead (tattoo design)
  • Personnel: Henry de Jong (drums, conch shell, backing vocals), Lewis de Jong (guitars, wood flute, lead and backing vocals), and Ethan Trembath (bass, conch shell, backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Thrash metal, groove metal, heavy metal, Māori folk music
  • Sound: With influence from Sepultura, Soulfly, and the Māori culture, Alien Weaponry's sound combines powerful groove metal with thrash and tribal intensity!  I really love this album... fist-pumping, head-banging metal goodness!!
  • Major themes: With songs about the Boyd Massacre, the Bay of Islands, English colonialism, the battle at Pukehinahina/Gate Pa, etc., themes on the album include Māori culture, lore, and history, life and death, violence, oppression, rebellion, power, aggression, anger, reality, racism, loss, courage, social media manipulation, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Whaikōrero"
  2. "Rū Ana Te Whenua"
  3. "Holding My Breath"
  4. "Raupatu"
  5. "Kai Tangata"
  6. "Rage - It Takes Over Again"
  7. "The Things That You Know"
  8. "Whispers"
  9. "PC Bro"
  10. "Urutaa"
  11. "Nobody Here"
  12. "Te Ara"
  13. "Hypocrite"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Crazy Mountain Brewing Company (Edwards, Colorado)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Hookiebobb India Pale Ale
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.7%
  • IBUs: 87
  • Pour: The Hookiebobb pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow hue with a thin, white head that leaves a thin film and trace lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, floral, dank, and herbal.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, tangerine, orange zest, black tea, pine resin, wild flowers, sweet and bitter herbs, caramel, and light honey.
  • Taste: The taste of the Hookiebobb is very herbal, citrusy, bitter, malty, and slightly metallic.  There are notes of pink grapefruit, black tea, onion, crackery grain, and soft caramel.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Hookiebobb is bitter, crisp, and very refreshing with a dry, bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The lyrical power, crunch of guitars, and thunder of the tribal rhythm section on "Tū" is even more intense when accompanied by the punchy, citrusy, hoppy blast of the Hookiebobb!  'Nuff said!!
Cheers, Kia Ora, and hails!!

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